WASTELAND #50 goes on sale this week.
‘Burning Inside’ is the penultimate issue of the final Newbegin arc, wherein deceptions are exposed, secrets revealed, and the very survival of the city is at stake…
The streets of the Artisian district run red with blood, as the branded man’s quest comes to an end. All shall be judged… and many found wanting. Who will survive? Is there any mercy in Marcus’ mysterious father? And just how is one noble in particular going to escape the city…?
As always, WASTELAND #50 is available from comic stores everywhere (the order code is SEP131253) and digital readers can find it at Comixology.
Here’s a link to the book trailer, which explains… well, not a lot, actually, but that’s kind of deliberate. It does, however, give you a really good idea of what you’re letting yourself in for.
And here’s the solicitation for the first issue:
“THE DAY DAWNED TWICE”
A NEW DARK FANTASY FROM THE CREATORS OF WASTELAND! The young thief called Rascal witnesses a horrific crime against the royal family — now the world’s dark legends will be relived, and only Rascal even knows it’s happening!
Master worldbuilder Antony Johnston (DEAD SPACE, DAREDEVIL) and his WASTELAND co-creator Christopher Mitten (BATMAN, CRIMINAL MACABRE) bring you a new fantasy world rich in mythology, history, and blood! Extra-long #1 for the regular price of $2.99!
…So now you know. There’s loads more info at TheUmbral.com, including links to twitter and tumblr, which themselves contains loads of sneak peeks and links. There’s also a preview over at Comic Book Resources.
And if you’d like to get a signed copy, you’re in luck:
As the day dawns twice, come with us into the shadows…
Time for a WASTELAND news round-up…
During the Oni Press panel at New York Comic Con last week, we announced two big pieces of news regarding WASTELAND artists.
First, the legendary Sam Kieth will draw issue #52, our last-ever ‘interlude’ issue! You may know Sam from having created a couple of small indie titles, SANDMAN and THE MAXX… (!) I’m geeking out over having Sam work on WASTELAND, frankly. It’s amazing.
Also amazing, as you no doubt already know, is the inimitable Christopher Mitten, the man who created WASTELAND (and the upcoming UMBRAL) with me. Well, UMBRAL isn’t all we’ve been working on together recently, because…
Chris is returning to WASTELAND to draw the final story arc!
He’ll continue to supply covers, too, never fear. We’ve actually been planning this for some time, so I’m very happy we can finally tell the world. Chris has already begun work on these issues, and I can’t wait for you all to see them.
Issue #49 is now on sale. This is ‘Forever Failure’, as the final Newbegin story arc continues, people die, secrets are revealed, and even now, new alliances are forged.
As Marcus retreats to the safety of council chambers, the branded man wades through the Disciples trying to stop him, led by Jakob! Can anything slow him down? Will Jakob survive staging this defense? And when Marcus and his father finally meet… who will prevail?
The order code for this issue is AUG131392, available from comic stores everywhere and digitally through Comixology. Don’t forget you can now Subscribe at Comixology, too.
Also released today is the much-anticipated Apocalyptic Edition, Volume 3, the latest in our series of gorgeous hardback collections.
Michael and Abi have left the city of Newbegin to the mercy of the Sunners and their rebellion, but they won’t find themselves welcome in the next town they stumble into. Reprinting issues #26-#39 of Wasteland, this second volume also includes the fan-favorite “Walking the Dust” stories and features a color art gallery of covers by Ben Templesmith and Christopher Mitten!
The order code for that is MAY131219, and of course it’s also available from comic stores everywhere, and from better book stores too.
There’s still just about time to pre-order Issue #50, the penultimate issue of this story arc, titled ‘Burning Inside’ (order code SEP131253).
And while you’re about it, you can also pre-order issue #51, ‘Thy Kingdom Gone’, which is the last ever Newbegin issue. The end of an era, or the dawn of a new beginning…? Either way, The order code is OCT131261.
(Can I just say how amazing it is that we’ve even reached issue #50? When I first started WASTELAND, I wasn’t even sure it would last past issue #6. I had no idea if anyone else wanted to read the kind of bleak, epic post-apocalyptic story I’d always wanted to write, let alone enough people to sustain the series through to its end.
But there were, and are, and new readers continue to find it all the time. Because of them, seven (!) years on from our humble beginnings, WASTELAND is now reaching a milestone that not only eludes most indie comics, but frankly eludes most comics, period — even at the largest publishers.
That’s pretty incredible, and it’s all because of our loyal readers. Thank you.)
Finally, Book 09: A Thousand Lies is in next week’s edition of PREVIEWS.
This volume actually collects the final Newbegin story arc — yes, the one we’re still publishing right now! — so you already know what’s going on in it. Apart from the end. Because we haven’t published those issues yet.
Man, comics can be confusing.
Anyway, the order code for this collection is NOV131167. Go forth and pre-order.
CSR CLASSICS is now available to download from the iOS app store (I assume it’ll also be out for Android soon).
Once again, I worked closely with the team in Brighton to develop and expand the world of CSR. CLASSICS is all about restoring and racing vintage automobiles, rather than modern supercars, but everything else you’ve come to expect from CSR is there — amazing graphics, compelling gameplay, memorable characters, some great one-liners, and even a story with a twist…
Basically, CSR CLASSICS is even better than original CSR, and I have no doubt it’ll be just as big a hit, if not bigger. I had a great time writing it, and I hope you all enjoy playing it.
WASTELAND #48 goes on sale this week.
‘Watchfire’ is the mid-point of the final Newbegin story arc, as the branded man finally reaches the city. Violence and chaos ensue…
The branded man is at the gates! Can anything stop him? Perhaps Marcus knows more than he’s letting on… Not that it will matter, if Jakob succeeds in assassinating him during the Festival! But cracks are appearing in everyone’s plans, as the branded man wreaks havoc in the city, and Brother Bryn finds his faith tested… for the last time.
Justin is still posting regular sneak peeks of this arc on Twitter, although it’s getting more and more difficult to find panels that aren’t massive spoilers!
As always, WASTELAND #48 is available from comic stores everywhere (the order code is JUL131216) and digital readers can find it at Comixology. Don’t forget that you can now also Subscribe at Comixology, ensuring that you never miss an issue.
If you follow me on Twitter, you may recall a while back I hinted at some “exciting doom metal things” that were going on. At last, all can be revealed.
I’ve been working with indie doom metallers Waves of Mercury, writing all the lyrics for their new concept EP release, AS SEASONS FLEET (yes, it’s a line from Shakespeare. That should give you some idea of the kind of music we’re talking about, here). I also worked on vocal arrangements with Waves frontman David Richardson.
I’ve known David for some years, now — after hearing the original WASTELAND theme song, he sent me a CD of their music, which I loved, and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. It was surely just a matter of time…
AS SEASONS FLEET is a pay-what-you-want digital exclusive, available from Bandcamp. Enjoy!
WASTELAND #47 goes on sale this week.
‘Happiness in Slavery’ continues the final story arc of Newbegin, as the end times — and the branded man — approach…
As Marcus prepares for the Festival of the Founder, he finds himself dealing with a too-suspicious Artisian Frodrik, a too-unreasonable delegation from Wosh-Tun, and the imminent appearance of the branded man! Can even a living god deal with all of these threats? Especially when the closest threat of all lies among the ranks of his own Artisians…
Justin continues to post sneak peeks on Twitter, and remember that you can always see a preview of the issue at Comixology once it’s released. For print readers, the comic store order code is JUN131230.
WASTELAND #46 goes on sale this week.
‘World Leader Pretend’ is the start of a new arc — in fact, it’s the final story arc set in Newbegin. The city, and its people, face their toughest times yet… and it might just be the end of everything.
Justin Greenwood returns for this part of the story, and it’s without question his best work yet. He’s even doing all his own grey tones.
Here’s the solicit text for the issue:
Lord Founder Marcus is beset by visions of his city burning around him, as the branded man closes in on Newbegin, and Mary is wracked by illness. But will he even last that long? Jakob and his secret coterie of Artisians are busy plotting to kill Marcus, and the annual Festival of the Founder could be their golden opportunity…
You can get a peek at some pages from the issue at Justin’s blog, and the order code for this issue is MAY131218.
Finally, as always a new story arc also means the release of a new song for the WASTELAND Original Soundtrack; so check out the classically-inclined ‘Suddenly Awake’ at the WASTELAND website.
WASTELAND BOOK 08: LOST IN THE OZONE, the eighth trade paperback collection of the series, goes on sale this week.
Collecting issues #40-44, this arc follows Michael and Abi as they continue their journey into the west, encountering new allies, making new enemies, and even splitting up along the way — before reaching what could finally be their journey’s end, in the depths of the fabled Golden Sea…
The arc is illustrated by the awesome Russel Roehling, who really stepped up and put in his best work before Justin returns for the next story.
The comic store order code for LOST IN THE OZONE is JAN131226, and the bookstore ISBN is 978-1620100134. It’s available from all good comic and book stores, and if you’re a digital reader you can buy the whole story arc from Comixology.
WASTELAND #45 goes on sale this week.
‘Fatherland’ is one of our ‘interlude’ issues, a stand-alone one-shot featuring guest art from rising star Omar Olivera.
It shines a light on Jakob’s life in Newbegin after Golden Voice’s execution, and leads directly into the following story arc — which is the conclusion to the city’s story in WASTELAND.
Here’s the solicit text:
In Newbegin, the custom is for men to venerate their fathers. But the last thing Jakob Ofoskorr wants is to look in the mirror and see his own father staring back… Now, with the Sunners facing new dangers and Marcus preparing for an unknown war, can anything drag Jakob out of the doldrums?
The order code for this issue is FEB131091, available from all good comic stores, and from Comixology for digital readers.
You can also read a preview of the issue at Comic Book Resources.